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  • Secret Lives

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about her mother plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past, irrevocably altering her life and the lives of those she loves. Her mother, Katherine Swift, was a renowned children's author who died when Eden was very young. Now Eden, recovering from a divorce and disillusioned with her glamorous life, returns to the childhood home of the mother she barely knew. She moves in with her uncle, archaeologist Kyle Swift and his wife, Louise. Eden gets more than she bargained for when Kyle gives her the journal her mother had kept from the age of 13 until her death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Family Drama

  • By Yolanda S. Bean on 10-25-14

Love Diane Chamberlaine, but this narrator...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

was just not good. I have lived years in southwest Virginia, and no one speaks like she does. I got about 1/3 of the way through, and had to stop. I found her voice annoying. I will continue to read the book once I get my hands on a copy.

  • The Diggers Rest Hotel

  • Charlie Berlin, Book 1
  • By: Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

In 1947, two years after witnessing the death of a young Jewish woman in Poland, Charlie Berlin has rejoined the police force a different man. Sent to investigate a spate of robberies in rural Victoria, he soon discovers that World War II has changed even the most ordinary of places and people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Won the Austrailian Crime Writers Award for 2011

  • By Anniebligh on 08-06-12

I was bored

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-17

The story just didn't hold my attention, even though the narrator was very good and I liked the characters. I ended up not finishing it.

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,138

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

Terrific!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-17

The characters were great! The story was great! The vocabulary was wonderfully precise! The reader was superb! I'm anxious to hearing the next from this author and narrator!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Study in Scarlet

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 562

A Study in Scarlet was the very first Sherlock Holmes novel. Here, in the most remarkably precise manner, Doyle produced two of the most well-known characters in English fiction. Their individual traits and their relationships, their ambitions and foibles are introduced against the backdrop of an exciting story of revenge and persistence, which starts in Victorian England but moves to the American West, and the environment of the early Mormon communities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, audio could be better

  • By Jackie on 03-30-06

Very good!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-15

I thought I would listen to an old classic and was not disappointed! I did get confused with the second part of the story. In fact, I thought it was not the same story at all. But then the two separate tales come together to make sense, so don't give up. I liked the second part a bit better than the first.

  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Pamela Garelick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214

Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis - rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts - has been summoned to investigate the spirit of 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting storyline but...

  • By RavidReader on 11-04-14

I so enjoyed this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-15

This was just a good sorta scary lil ghost story with good characters. Reader was good!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Keeper of the Light

  • Keeper Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 979

Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of North Carolina's Outer Banks Hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman's life, Olivia realizes who she is - Annie O'Neill, the woman Olivia's husband, Paul, is in love with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully told

  • By HOLLY AUSTIN on 05-12-15

I so enjoyed this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-15

I really liked the characters--most of them and most of the time! :) The reader was great!!

  • Blackberry Winter

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Jio
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

Seattle, 1933: Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning - even though it’s the second of May - a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day: On the second of May, reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good story buried under turgid narration

  • By Anne on 07-11-13

Very good!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-15

This was an intriguing story and held me till the end. I highly recommend! Good characters and setting and reader!

  • The Bride’s House

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

The New York Times best-selling author of Whiter Than Snow, Sandra Dallas delivers a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who live in a Victorian Colorado house. While the house is under construction in 1880, a 17-year-old servant imagines living in the “Bride’s House” with one of her several suitors. Decades later, the legacy and secrets of earlier Bride’s House women cause the current occupant to question what she really wants and who she truly loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another story of courage

  • By Vi on 06-07-12

Love Sandra Dallas

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-15

Her characters are so real and the settings so vivid. I just love this author! I have read many of her books and will continue until there are no more!!! Good reader too!

  • Wish You Were Here

  • By: Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy - and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families: Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town - until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Language of the Cats

  • By Naked and Hungry on 01-29-13

Fun mystery!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-15

This is the first in a series--and this in book form is out of print. I liked the characters and the fantasy of the animal opinions. The setting was great too! My husband is from the lil town of Crozet and so I loved hearing about places I have been. I recommend!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Long Way Home

  • By: Saroo Brierley
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?

  • By Jan on 06-22-14

Absorbing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-15

I was caught up from the start--poor child lost and wondering what to do--who wouldn't be! Well told--so glad I listened to this one!